This book describes the many varied materials used by model engineers in their workshops such as iron and steel, non-ferrous metals including aluminium, brass and copper, hard and soft woods and a number of engineering and other plastics. It also contains details about abrasives, adhesives, bearing materials, ceramics and refractory materials, coatings, electroplating solutions, fuels, gases, lubricants, pickles, polishing materials, sealants and solders. It provides an easy reference for those seeking the right material for the task or an item specified on plan.
Packed full of useful information, the book is aimed at those who build model locomotives, traction, boat and stationary steam engines, oil, diesel, glow and petrol engines, gas turbines, artillery pieces, farming appliances, carriages and other road vehicles as well as those who make clocks and workshop tools. It is also directed at those working with full-size machinery, such as vintage cars, motor and pedal cycles, traction engines and railway locomotives.
Contents: Iron and Steel; Aluminium; Copper; Other Non-Ferrous Metals; Selecting Materials; Plastics; Wood; Refractory and Abrasive Materials; Jointing Materials; Cleaning, Etching, Pickling and Plating Fluids; Coatings, Fuels, Lubricants; Other Workshop Materials.
Appendices: Safety; Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations; Metric/Imperial Conversion Tables; Useful Addresses; Bibliography
Alex Weiss has a PhD in mechanical engineering and established his own home workshop more than forty years ago.
Originally published by Nexus Special Interests Ltd in 1999
Special Interest Model Books edition published in 2005
210 x 148 mm
91 black and white photographs
13 scale plans & line drawings
82 tables of data